WEST SIDE RECORDER
Volume 5Number 10
Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver, Colorado
St. Joseph's Prom Queen
ROYALTY FOR THE PROMFrances Martinez, center above, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carols Martinez of 5059 Broadway, was queen for the annual junior-senior prom Friday night (April 25) at St. Josephs High School. Her attendants were, from left, Mary Duran, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Duran of 450 Ban* nock St., Sharon Valdez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Valdez of 751 Inca St., Carolyn Moye, daughter of Mrs. Hazel Beechem of 952 Stuart St.; and Gloria Avila, daughter of Nicanor Avila of 571 Galapago St.
Vengan Todos to the Fiesta...
Centro Cultural... May 2-4
Centro Cultural at 935 West 11th Ave. is planning a fiesta for its grand opening May 2, 3 and 4. There will be a big parade and float contest Saturday, May 3.
The program of events has something for everyone of any agemusical entertainment by children under 11, stage performances by young people, street dancing, songfests, Mexican food and a bazaar.
ANYONE WISHING to be in the parade should call the parade chairman, Waldo Benave-diz, at 623-0737. The parade will' form at Sunken Gardens beginning at 10 a.m. May 3, and will move through the West Side from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. The welcome and the blessing of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be at 11:45 a.m. at the center.
Other special events will be art exhibits, movies, dramatic readings and a mariachi mass on Sunday, May 4.
THE ENTIRE PROGRAM is as follows:
Friday, May 2: Live musical entertainment by artists aged 5 to 11-7-9 p.m. at Centro Cultural. Zapotec, color film9-10:15 p.m. Songfest for all ages, 10:15-11:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 3: Parade, welcome and blessing in morning. Street festivities1-5 p.m. Live stage performances featuring young people1-4 p.m. at Centro Cultural. Drama4*5 p.m. Western music and street dancing5-6 p.m. Live entertainment7-11 p.m. at Centro Cultural. Community dancing to Latin, folk and modem music 7 p.m. to midnight.
Sunday, May 4: Mariachi Mass11 a.m. at Centro Cultural. Street musical entertainment12:30 p.m. Official opening and ribbon cutting1:30 p,m. at Centro Cultural. Judg-
Santa Fe Headquarters For Two Candidates
A West Side headquarters has been set up at 966 Santa Fe Dr., by Denver school board candidates Edgar Benton and Monte Fascoe. A bus is stationed there at 1 oclock daily so West Siders can register to vote in the school board election May 20.
West Siders can get information about the election and school issues at the new headquarters from Betty Benavidez. The telephone number is 534-7596.
Bazaar and Carnival Af Auraria May 17
The annual Auraria Community Center bazaar and carnival will be Saturday, May 17.
Rummage and baked goods will be on sale from 2 to 4 p.m. Booths and games for children will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The House Council is collecting trading stamps, especially Mor-Valu, to purchase a raffle prize.
ing graffiti, plus music and singing2 p.m. at Centro Cultural. Zapotac 2 pm Final stage performance3 p.m.
Grand finale songfest and des-pedida4:30 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE The deadline for the D^ay issue of the West Side Recorder is Tuesday, May 13. It will cover the period from May 25 through June 29. Mail or deliver your information to 465 Galapago St.
You Are Invited
Clubs Beginning In Lincoln Park
Club groups are being organized for children in Lincoln Park Homes by two University of Colorado students. The meetings will be for groups of eight or ten children each, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on the following days:
Children six and seven years old together, children eight and nine years old together, on Monday evenings.
Children 10 and 11 years old together, children 12 and 13 years old together, Wednesday evenings.
Girls 14 to 18 years old, Tuesday evenings.
The activities will include singing, dancing, cooking, arts and crafts, field trips, and other things the members are interested in. The groups meet at 1438 Navajo St If enough interest is shown there may be more groups and more activities starting next fall. More information is available by calling Carol Casey at 534-0821 or Ann Brinks at 442-0942.
School Board Meets At W. H. S. May 6
All West Siders are invited to a Denver school board meeting at West High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6.
Anyone who wishes to speak before the board at that time should call Bal Chavez at 934-4958 or write to him at 935 West 11th Ave.
West PTA Sets Up Special Action Group
The West High School PTA has formed a special action committee to work on improving program and communication at West next year. The committee is composed of about 40 parents, teachers and students.
Interested persons may still join by calling Mrs. Loretta Rhym at 2554910.
The committee has already met several times. They also plan to meet during the summer. They are supporting the requests made to the Denver School Board by West Highs Lay Advisory Board.
The committee sponsored a music program for school community day on April 24. The Soul Explosions played and a light show was given.
Celebration This Sunday Honors Sister Cecelia
The 26th anniversary of Sister Cecelia as a Franciscan Sister and the fifth anniversary of the Adult Education Tutorial Program which she helped found at St. Elizabeths School will be celebrated this Sunday, April 27.
A Mariachi Mass will be held at 5 p.m. at St. Elizabeths Church, 1060 11th St., with Father Jeremias Milner O.F.M. officiating and Father Joseph Torres S.J. assisting.
Many of the students and tutors who have participated in the program over the last five years are expected to attend.
THE PURPOSE OF the celebration is to renew past friendships, said Sister Cecelia. The emphasis of the program has been the personal relationship between tutor and student as well as the academic experience.
Sister Cecelias 25 years in Gods service have been spent in the teaching profession. Reared in the farming country of Nebraska during the drouth years she was the second of 13 children. She wanted to be a teacher and felt a call to enter (Cont. on Page 3)
AN APPEAL TO WEST SIDERS
Our community health center, Mariposa Health Station at 1178 Mariposa St., has been broken into EIGHT times within the last three months. Items missing include typewriters for registering patients and important medical equipment for care of patients.
If anyone can help us find any of the stolen medical equipment, please notify the Health Station, telephone 623-8782, and let us know.
We hope neighborhood people can help us with our problem.
IVesf Siders Get Delay, Many Figures on Old Pool
Between 75 and 100 West Siders attended City Council April 14 to hear Parks and Recreation Manager Joe Ciancio, Jr., explain why the Lincoln Park Pool wont be fixed up as promised last summer in time for the regular summer season of 1969.
About a week before the meeting Mr. Ciancio had written to the West Side Recorder and to several other agencies on the West Side in reply to the West Sides claim that the city was going back on its year-in, year-out promise to improve park and particularly pool facilities for West Siders.
That letter is. printed in full elsewhere in this issue of the Recorder.
MR. CIANCIO SAYS in the letter the City planned to fix the pool next fall after leaving it open all summer. This statement, dated April 3, followed by exactly six weeks the declaration by West Siders to Mr.
Ciancios representative on Feb.
20 that they would rather have the pool closed part or all of next summer in order to have it fixed. At that time the Parks and Recreation officials said it couldnt be done at all.
Mr. Ciancio has privately told a representative of the West-side Action Ministry in recent weeks that if theres any trou-
ble at the poolfixed or not fixedhell close it up immediately.
He has indicated that a dirty, unheated, leaky, badly chlorinated pool is better than nothing, and anyway he will dose it if anyone makes trobule.
AT THE APRIL 14 meeting Mr. Ciancio presented a record of $11,027 in completed improvements in Lincoln Park from January of 1968 to this month (April). Pool fencing was $3,195bathhouse painting and window renovation came to $3066overhaul of the pressbox was $3,081work on the wading and main pool was $500 and changes in the lawn sprinkling system added up to $1,185.
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A group of parents, West High School pupils and representatives of a dozen or more Hispano organizations and others met with the Denver School Board and Superintendent Robert Gilberts April 15 at West High School. Hie meeting lasted two and one-half hours.
One of the parents reported:
FRANKLY, NOT MUCH was accomplished. The meeting had been planned to have the board explain how they were going to carry out the demands made during the walk-out at West High School. Dr. Gilberts did not do this.
What did develop at the meeting was that the group asked for a summer school at West this year. They asked that a school board task force investigate problems in West Side elementary schools. They asked to have a Mexican* American placed in a top-level position in the personnel department of the school administration.
THE SCHOOL BOARD reacted favorably to these suggestions and said they would look into them.
Organizations represented at the meeting were the American G. I. Forum, the Lay Advisory Committee of West High School, the West Side and Platte Valley Action Centers, the Latin-American Research and Service Agency (LARASA), Crusade for Justice, Congress of Hispanic Educators, Inner-City Parish, and Hispanic Educational and Leadership Program.
A Concerned Citizens and Parents Committee was elected by the group. Members, in addition to organization representatives, are six parentsMrs. Susan Contreras, Mrs. Alberta Crespin, Mrs. Frank Lopez, Mrs. Vi Medrano, Mrs. Josephine Perez and Mrs. Loretta Rhym, and two pupils, Archie LaForett and Martha Madrano.
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Letters from West Siders
WEST SIDE RECORDER
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For the Record
sue is the future of West Side children, in education, in justice and opportunity, in accomplishment and respect and pride.
For the benefit of the 200 or so non-West Siders who receive the West Side Recorder each month and may not drive down Santa Fe very often, wed like to report that the boards are off the few windows that got boarded up after the walk-out. The one store that closed had announced its intention of doing so years ago, and may not be missed all that much. Very little damage was done.
Our friend Charlie handled a prospective looter very well. When somebody ran in the grocery store door and grabbed something off a rack, Charlie just said, That will be 49 cents, please/ and the merchandise was put back at once.
Some West Siders voluntarily helped keep things orderly. Some of the outsiders accused of stirring up the whole thing did their part to cool the kids by leading them in marches away from the school and the police, and encouraging discussions instead of violence.
There were some absolutely wild rumors, like so many kids dead at Baker School, or so many people going berserk down Santa Fe, or somebody saying he was going to kill all the Anglos. Thank heaven or something of better quality than mans imagination and fear
In spite of anger and fear, frustration and excitement, outsiders mixing in with West Siders, lots of action and lots of problems, the fact remains:
When West Siders made their protest last month, they did not burn, did not kill, did not lose control of themelves in large numbers.
Its a sad and serious fact that someone could have been killedeither West Siders or policemen. Weapons were used in both directions. The problems that resulted In the school walk-out quickly got more complicated by what happened next, and the future needs include solutions to both the original grievances and the following complications.
But the fact is that the trouble did not turn into a riot, and the persons who did get hurtWest Siders and othersserve as a warning to all of us that we got off better than we might have.
What happens nextwhat is worked out in solution to the problemsdepends upon how many of us are willing to work harder than we ever have before to improve our community. The real is-
Boy, you people sure get me mad at the West Side Recorder thats supposed to be for informing the West Side residents. What happened? You print racist Shafers side of "the story and give him a chance to clean himself up.
Why dont you people print what happened? The students who accused Harry of the remarks he allegedly made print the story on that, or the people who were present at the meeting at West when Shafer admitted that he did make those remarks for food for thought and grounds for debate, or the people who got Maced or the people who got clubbed and thrown in jail. How about Crusade for Justice leader Corky Gonzales, since he is the one who got the action going to rid West of Shafer?
Now the people of Colorado have pressed charges of assault and battery against police officers on Corky Gonzales, Manuel Martinez, Larry Aragon, Andrew Cisneros, when these people themselves were attacked instead by the police who are to serve and protect. Now just who were the police
Clancy the Clown On Fairmont Program
Father-Son Night at Fairmont School Wednesday, April 30, will feature Clancy the Clown. Clancy, who also is a magician, will perform for the fathers and sons at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. There will be refreshments afterwards in the gymnasium.
Tickets are 25c a person. They may be purchased through the school office until Monday, April 28.
All boys must be accompanied by an adult. If you have no sons and you know a boy at Fairmont without a father how about being a dad for a night?
Carol Casey Resigns
Miss Carol Casey, resident relations supervisor for the Denver Housing Authority, will be leaving DHA May 7 to become assistant director of the Metro Denver Coalition Task Force on Law and Justice.
Miss Casey has spent much time working with Lincoln Park residents and the children. She has been with DHA since June of last year. Before that she taught psychology at Wheat Ridge Senior High School.
that these and many other rumors gave way to truth if one just looked for it.
While were reporting to our non-West Side friends who get this paper because they asked for it or because theyre public officials or others whose decisions affect the West Side, we also want to say: The West Side surface may look calm a-gain. But if you come around and listen, and pay careful attention to how it is in the barrios the neighborhoods youll find different varieties of bitterness, lots of concern, determination looking for ways to make improvements. You may find a lot more positive action than you expectit depends on where you look. You may find more despair than you can take comfortablypoverty can hit secure observers that way.
Like all the rest of America, Denvers West Side has all kinds of goals and aims, many different opinions, competitiveness or cooperation depending on whos doing what. But West Siders are not contented to be poor or needy or second class, and the mood now is to try hard, try again, and keep trying!
We hope the rest of Denver will respond in like mood to help us meet our needs.
serving and protecting when they savagely attacked the West High students?
No! The students were pretty well calm and peaceful until the police had to play toughies. What happened to our right to assemble? Gone with the wind or the police, I should say.
Are we hiring police to beat, gas, jail and club our Chicano children? Are the police our servants or masters? Are they our friends to help us? No, and the cats in the barrio know this. Yes, we were clubbed, but they say, Accidentexcuse me.
Poor Chicanoall he has is the El Gallo newspaper to put him hep on a few things because our neighborhood paper wont. Lets be truthful, West Side Recorder!
Larry Castro 1122 West 10th Ave.
(Editors Note: It seems as though Mr. Castro missed the eye-witness account of the police brutality at West High School that was published in a special insert in the March issue of the Recorder two days after the walk-out. That report was later called a lie by a Denver Post reporter who wasnt there when it happened and says he didnt see any pictures of it so the Recorder account couldnt be true.
(As to the Recorder story about Mr. Shafer, we are sorry that we were so limited by time in preparation of the story that we did not tell it as well as we should have. We believe West Siders themselves have brought out the truth in the many meetings since the walk-out: that Mr. Shafer was guilty of racism whether he realized it or not, and that the objection to him touched off needed action on widespread problems.)
To the Editor:
Im leaving the Denver Housing Authority staff, buit Im not really leaving the West Side.
I wish to encourage the residents of the West Side to continue their eforts to build a better community. I also wish that you continue to build pride and the spirit of togetherness.
Senator George Brown
Assistant Executive Director
The Denver Housing Authority
To The Editor:
I feel that it is my duty to reply to some of the statements made in the lead article in your March issue. I hope that you will see fit to give my letter equal space in your next issue.
Your first sentence states that the Parks and Recreation Department has decided not to keep its promise to fix Lincoln Park pool this year. This is not true.
As requested by the residents of this area, I went to City Council and secured an appropriation for this purpose. Those of you not familiar with City finances may not have realized that this money was not available until Jan. 1, 1969. Nonetheless, I instructed my Parks Planning division to begin studies on pool renovation as soon as the budget was passed, and well before Jan. 1.
These are the facts shown by these studies: It was impossible to find whether the pool was leaking from the sides, bottom, or from the pipes. This means it is going to be necessary to build what will be, In effect, a new pool inside the existing pool in order to correct the leakage problem.
Because of this, the City engineers advised us that it would be impossible to complete renovation of Lincoln pool in time for the 1969 swimming season. It definitely was our intention to have this pool renovation complete before swimming season, but these very serious problems make that impossible.
This Department had decid-
High Schools Exchange Pupils
St. Josephs High School will have an exchange program with Machebeuf High School at 1958 Elm St. next week (April 28 to May 2).
Each day of the week four students from each grade of the two high schools will exchange schools and classes for the day. By the end of the week 160 students will have participated in the program.
The idea of the student exchange was the result of the meeting and planning together of the Human Relations Clubs of both schools. These clubs are new this year in both schools.
Students volunteered to participate in the exchange. Then the dubs selected the volunteers who would take part.
Sister Charlene is the club sponsor at St. Josephs and Sister Nancy at Machebeuf.
ed, then, that in the best of the youngsters in the area we would keep the pool open during swimming season and begin the major renovation work in the fall.
If the residents of the area prefer it otherwise, there are three alternatives: We can begin actual renovation as soon as possible, when plans are completed, which will mean that the pool will be closed during the entire summer. We could also leave the pool open for part of the summer, then begin renovation, which would accomplish the fact of renovation sooner, but would be of no benefit to west siders during the 1969 swimming season. The third alternative is the one the City had planned; to leave the pool open for the summer, then accomplish renovation in the fall.
You stated that there are only two pools in Denver which are not sealed and heated. This is incorrect. In addition to Lincoln and Curtis, both Johnson and Argo pools are presently unheated. The problems with Curtis pool are identical to those at Lincoln, and the same facts as to time of renovation are true. We will complete work on all these pools in 1969, but not before the swimming season.
Please also let your readers know that the City budget for 1969 had to be made in May of 1968. In a short time I will be sending to the Budget Office my request for 1970 funds. How many of your requests I am able to grant will depend entirely upon how much money City Council gives this Department.
It is never possible to find enough money for all the projects we think worthwhile. If City Council knows of a certain need, they do all they can to help. There is only so much money, and Denver is a large city.
I regret the fact that I was not able to be present at the neighborhood meeting on Feb. 20, but those who were in charge of this meeting apparently were unable to reschedule it for a different date. Unfortunately it is frequently necessary for me to schedule meetings several weeks ahead, and I had had a prior commitment for that evening on my calendar for some time.
Please make it very clear that renovation of Lincoln pool will be done in 1969.1 hope that those who use the pool will let me know which of the three alternatives Ive named they prefer. I will welcome their letters.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to answer your article and get an important message to west siders.
Joe Ciancio, Jr., Manager
Parks and Recreation
West Side Calendar
Sun., April 27Mariachi Mass, St. Elizabeths Church, 1060 11th St., 5 p.m.
Mon., April 28-May 2Canned Food Drive, Baker Junior High School.
Tues., April 29Westside Action Ministry, Wesley United Methodist Church, 465 Galapago St., 7:30 p.m.
Wed., April 30\ Father-Son Night, Fairmont Elementary School, 7 p.m.
Final day to register for school board election.
Fri., May 2Fiesta and Grand Opening, Centro Cultural, 935 W. 11th Ave.
-Fiesta Program, 7-11:30 r p:i&
Talent Show, St. Josephs Grade School, Parish Hall, 6th and Galapago St., 7:30 p.m.
Sat., May 3Fiesta Parade Assembly, Sunken Gardens, 10 a.m.
Grand Parade, 10:30 a.m.
Street Festivities, 1-6 p.m. -r-rFiesta Program, Centro Cultural, 935 W. 11th Ave.,
1- 5 p.m., 7-11 p.m.,
Dancing, Centro Cultural, 7 p.m.-midnight
Sun., May 4Mariachi Mass, Centro Cultural, 11 a.m.
Street Festivities, 12:30-3 p.m.
Fiesta Program, Centro Cultural, 2-4:30 p.m.
Tues., May 6School Board Meeting, West High School,
7 p.m. Open to all West Siders.
Wed., May 14Mother-Daughter Tea, Greenlee Elementary School, 3 p.m.
Annual Meeting, Auraria Community Center Board of Directors, Auraria Community Center, 1212 Mariposa St., 7:30 p.m. Open to all West Siders.
Thurs., May 15School Board Candidates Meeting, West High School Lunchroom, 7:30 p.m.
Spring Concert, St. Josephs High School, Parish Hall, 6th and Galapago St.,
Sat., May 17Auraria Community Center Bazaar and Carnival, 1212 Mariposa St.,
2- 5:30 p.m.
Tues., May 20School Board Election, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. VOTE! Wed., May 21Inter-Agency Council, First Mennonite Youth Center, 430 W. Ninth Ave., 1:30 p.m.
Mother-Daughter Potluck Dinner, Fairmont Elementary School, 6:30 p.m.
Food Bank at Parish To Be Expanded
Plans are being made by the Target Area E Inter-Agency Council to expand the present food bank at the Inner City Parish. In order to make it truly a community project, it is hoped that many of the organizations and agencies on the West Side can help collect food for the bank and will refer needy persons to the bank.
A major drive will be made in Baker, Fairmont, Elmwood, Greenlee and Fairview Schools to help gather food for the bank. Parents are urged to assist their children in this community project.
West Siders May See College Area Pictures
Dr. Robert D. ODell, administrative dean of Metropolitan State College, will speak at the annual meeting of Auraria Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14.
He will show pictures and describe the new college complex that will be built just north of Colfax Avenue and west of Speer Boulevard. He also will discuss the effects this will have on the West Side neighborhood.
Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting. Refreshments will be served.
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Vote for Your Children
May 20 is a most important date for all parents with school age children. It is School Board Election Day.
But it is especially important to West Side parents. Regardless of race, creed or wealth of each individual West Side family, it has become apparent that the children of all are receiving an inadequate education.
Therefore every West Side parent should make it his or her duty to become acquainted with the candidates for the School Board and what they propose for our schools.
A meeting for this purpose will be held May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the West High Lunchroom. Everyone is urged to attend.
It is clear that we must support those candidates who will be concerned for the educational welfare of All Denver school children. Or we face the possibility of Wesct Side schools becoming worse instead of better.
Remember to vote on May 20 at your local polling place. You do not have to own property, but you must be registered by April 30. This you can. do at 966 Santa Fe Dr. any day. Registerand voteyou owe this small effort to your children and their future.
To Fairmont Fathers Who Care
A group of us fathers recently met to discuss the PTA at Fairmont School. The PTA chairman attended. Our motive is the 600-plus children at Fairmont. Our goal is to set up a working PTA to better the school which has fallen below nor-mel standards and to insure every child the best education available.
Too long we have sat back and watched the situation get worse by not participating. Now we find that there is a chance there will be no PTA at Fairmont in the fallthat a committee will be set up in its place.
As fathers of children who attend Fairmont we would like any other interested father to contact us and give his opinion on this most urgent matter. As we all know, the mothers have tried and have had very little success for lack of our support.
Now we would like you to help us answer this question: Parent-Teachers Association, or Parent-Teachers Assassination?
You may contact any one of us:
Gene Chavez534-1577 Manuel Moreno5344311 Leon Morris244-1529 Ernest Cabral623-2411 Art Acevedo777-9057 George Lopez733-1505
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He then estimated the time and cost of work now underway and to be finished by the time school is out: work on the playground, including some equipment $1,385and planning and paper work on a new pool, something over $1,400. Then beginning about June 1 the wading pool would be built, hopefully to be finished the end of July and costing another $7,600a total of $9,000 (the amount written on the sheet handed out was $8,500).
WORKING FROM MAY 9 to August 13, if there are no labor strikes or other delays, Mr. Ciancio said, a heater could be installed in the main pool at the cost of $10,000. The pool would not warm up to full temperature because of leakage, he noted.
Then beginning in early August with a two-week planning period, the Parks and Recreation Manager suggested to the West Siders at City Council, another $50,500 could be invested in repair of the pool which might be completed in December, 1969, or January, 1970, according to weather conditions.
West Siders who served as spokesman at the Council meeting were Carlos Padilla, chairman of the resident group trying to get the pool improved; Mrs. Wilma Dabrowski, president of the West Side Improvement Association; Steve Archuleta of the West Side Action Center; and Mrs. Vi Medrano of Lincoln Park Homes.
Many West Side children attended the Council meeting and carried signs which read: Wed rather swim than fight, Your ldds swim in a heated pool why cant ours? and Water Power.
When Mr. Ciancio said West Siders must learn that they cant ask for something yesterday and expect it today, one resident replied, We didnt ask for it yesterday; we asked for it last summer! Mr. Ciancio accused the West Siders of being impatient.
Since April 14 a letter has been sent to city officials by
the Auraria Community Center board, strongly supporting the efforts of Lincoln Park residents in their constructive efforts to improve their neighborhood. The letter also suggests that when promises are made and broken by their government, people become more frustrated and more suspicious, and lose faith in trying to solve problems by proper methods.
IT WAS REPORTED April 15 to the steering committee of the Target Area E Interagency Council, which serves the West Side that although the city said it would hire and train neighborhood persons as pool attendants, no attempt to do so had been made to the knowledge of anyone on the West Side. John Doyle of the school-community relations department at Baker Junior High School said he knew interested young people had been contacted several weeks ago at West High but that the city had not followed through and that the required three-month W.S.I. training is nearing completion without any West Side youths enrolled.
Mr. Ciancio indicated at the Council meeting that he had tried to find someone from the West Side to hire as a life guard, but had not been successful.
The following comment was submitted to the West Side Recorder after the meeting with City Council:
West Siders, dont despair! We shall overcome. There are many steps we can still take. Ever thought of sending your kids out to swim with Mr. Cia-ncios? Think about it ... if we
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IT'S A CALL that one follows, said Sister Cecelia. There's a certain mystery with any call. I felt that was my call and responded. You live out your call by serving people, whoever comes within your influence, into your life.
And Sister Cecelia has responded by serving the needs of the West Siders. As a result of a retreat she attended which caused soul searching into social injustices, Sister Cecelia was inspired to look into the needs of the people in this area.
SHE AND SOME of the other Sisters interviewed extensively and discovered that those adults who did not have a high school diploma wished to earn one so they could better their economic status and help their children with their school work.
And so five years ago the Adult Tutorial Program was started as a free, night school for adults over 18 years of age regardless of previous education.
The school has now increased its enrollment from the original 40 students to the current 250 students. Classes are held during the day as well as at night. The curriculum changes with the demands of its students. Recently, Hispano and Black history and culture have been added.
MORE THAN 80 per cent of those who take the test earn their high school diploma-
Sister Cecelia expects that her mother and seven sisters will be present for the celebration. Two of her sisters also are religiousSister Bemadine of the Holy Rosary Indian Mission, Pine Ridge, S. Dak., and Sister Joan, a teacher at ONeill, Nebr.
CURRENTLY WORKING on her doctorate at the University of Colorado, Sister Cecelia has a bachelors degree from Regis College and a masters degree from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. In addition to being program director and the in-siration for the adult education program, she is chairman of the technical committee of the Model Cities adult education program, a member of the
Catholic Archdiocesan evaluating committee for the poor, a member of the Denver Commission on Community Relations, and a delegate to the
Franciscan Sisters chapter re-evaluation and renewal.
She is a member of the
Adult Education Council for
Metropolitan Denver which last year honored her with the Malcolm Glen Wyer award. She also is a recipient of the Latin American Educational Foundation (LAEF) award. Both of these awards were made in recognition of her contribution to the community.
Presently Sister Cecelia is teaching at Regis College and at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
dont have a decent pool this summer, well bus our kids to southeast Denver to swim!
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Tortillas for Foreign Visitors
WEST SIDE HOSTESSES and tortilla-makers for foreign students who visited Auraria Community Center April 12 were, from left, Uanita and Geraldine Tafoya of 1264 West 11th Ave and Gloria Martinez of 1305 Kalamath St. The three West High School pupils helped entertain more than 30 foreign students who have been in Colorado high schools this year under the American Field Service. The visitors spent two days in Denver to study city problems.
Photo Courtesy Denver Post
Improvement Assn. Asks
New Building on Santa Fe
THE FIRST NEW Rockybilt hamburger stand built in the entire city of Denver in six years is at 714 Santa Fe Dr., replacing an old Rockybilt in the same block. The new building was completed and opened five weeks ago. Mrs. Myrtle Stacer is the manager. Three cheers for Rockybilt ownership for putting up the new building on the West Side!
Valerie Was the Dragon
A DRAGON, A DINOSAUR, a bear and a frog, helped by a mother, little girl and little boy acted out an original story of The Dragon Who Couldn't Breathe Fire March 21 at Mariposa Health Station. The girls who created and presented the exciting drama for their mothers and other selected visitors are, front row from leftGenevieve Chavez, Kathy Medrano and Margaret Hampton; back row from leftCelestine Harris, Karen Hansel, Valerie Conict and Beverly Webb.
Next months issue of the West Side Recorder will have special mention of West Siders who have spring flowers in blossom or who have done some spring fixing-up around their homes. We are asking you to send in your nominations for this special mention. Just let us know the names and addresses --or even just the addresses of places you see that have a beautiful spring appearance. Telephone the information to 266-1445, or sen,d it to 465 Gala-pago St.
Two West Siders are on the Metropolitan State College honor list for the winter quarter. This means their grade average is at least 3.5 when 3 is B and 4 is A. They are Mary Jane Holoum of 150 West First Ave. and Robert Wel-te of 448 Bannock St.
Bea Acosta was hostess for a slumber party April 12 at 1467 Navajo St. Guests were Jo Anne Baca, Rosalie Blea, Priscilla and Rosie Espinosa, Geriane Gonzales, Theresa Griego, Ann Herrera, Diane and Linda Loucero, Penney Neilson, Geraldine Sanchez, Barbara Baker, Janet Stengel, Bonnie Acosta and Lupe Cres-pin.
Leslie Kalanquin of 1432 Lipan St. is recovering from severe injury to his neck in an accident at work.
Sandra Winterhalder, Marsha White, Alan Price and Paul Blomquist were home from Sterling College, Sterling, Kan., for spring vacation April 5-13. Paul went back to school with a broken leg suffered in a skiing accident.
Alfred V. Andersen, 72, of
225 West Second Ave., a Denver resident since 1921, died recently after a long illness. He was owner of Denver Gardens Dairy from 1927 to 1941 and worked for Carlson-Frink Co. 20 years. He was a member of First Bethany Lutheran Church. Surviving are Mrs. Andersen, two sons, Alfred Jr., and Donald P., both of Denver; a daughter in Richland, Wash.; a brother in Denmark; six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.
The Rev. Ramiro Cruz-Aedo of Inner City Parish and John Ventura, former pastor of First Mennonite Churrch are among the 10 associate coordinators working with volunteers who help Job Corps returnees get resettled in Denver after their Job Corps training. More men volunteers, on a one-to-one basis, are needed to help, as betwen 30 and 40 young men return to Denver from Job Corps each month.
Mrs. Pauline Montoya, sister of Mrs. Agapita Salazar of 1429 Mariposa St., died recently following surgery. She was 82 year sold.
Mrs. Rose Lara of 1256 Delaware St., was in an automobile accident April 8 and suffered a whiplash injury, three chipped neck bones and a cut lip. She still is a patient at St. Anthonys Hospital.
About 35 Lincoln Park boys and girls were among the many
The West Side Improvement Association has sent out three different letters to city or school authorities, asking for certain changes or improvements in education and law enforcement arrangements in the area.
One of the letters went to the State Commission on Higher Education, to the State Board of Agriculture, to the Board of Trustees for State Colleges, and to the boards of trustees or regents of Regis College, the University of Denver, Loretto Heights College, Temple Buell College, Colorado College and the University of Denver.
IN THAT LETTER the Association said that all prospective teachers should be required to study methods of teaching the disadvantaged before the teaching certificate or degree in education would be given.
Another letter was sent to all members of the Denver school board. The Improvement Association said in that letter that high school pupils who cannot read should be taught to read even if regular classes in other subjects had to be set aside until the pupils could read.
THE ASSOCIATION ALSO suggested to the school board that special education classes in west side Denver schools should be stopped and that instead there should be experimenting with more team teaching and the use of children to help other children learn. The Association said the special education teachers could be used as consultants to regular teachers. Classes should be smaller and there should be full-time teachers aides, the Association said. Aides could be used for one-to-one tutoring if needed.
It is the feeling of the West Side Improvement Association that solutions to school problems lie in the direction of integration, not further segregation.
A POLICE SUBSTATION for the West Side was asked by the Improvement Association in a letter to Councilman Edward Burke, Jr. The Association believes a substation in the neighborhood would lead to a closer relationship between police and community, would mean more rapid police service in the area, and could be a model for other low-income and minority areas.
Denver housing children who were guests of cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs on Easter Sunday. The children were taken to the Academy in the official Academy buses, had movies and other entertainment, and were given Easter treats. Each child had his own cadet escort for the day..
Mabel Pacheco, daughter of Mr .and Mrs. Zenon Pacheco of 1055 Galapago St., was featured in a front page story in the Denver Post April 3 for leading her 10 younger brothers and sisters to safety the night before when the family home
Two New Officers For Resident Council
Lincoln Park Resident Council has elected two new officers. Mrs. Minnie Conict of 1361 Mariposa St. is secretary and Mrs. Karen Larentz of 1321 West Tenth Ave. is treasurer.
At the Councils meeting March 25 Miss Fern Davis from Robert F. Kennedy Recreation Center discussed the possibilities of having live entertainment and shows once a week this summer in Lincoln Park. She asked for suggestions from the residents as to the type of entertainment they would like to have.
Don Stull, a comprehensive health trainee with the City Department of Health and Hospitals, also spoke at the meeting. He said he is doing a survey of neighborhood people to learn their attitudes toward Mariposa Health Station and toward life in Lincoln Park Homes.
caught on fire. Mabel is 13 years old.
Mrs. Josephine Silva of 1429 Mariposa St., is home after surgery at General Rose Hospital.
Miss Rebecca Romero, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Romero of 1555 S. Umatilla St., and Gerald Garcia, son of Mrs. Tomasita Garcia of 431 Inca St., were married April 12 at the Annunciation Catholic Church. The Rev. Craig Hart performed the ceremony and was assisted by the Rev. Harlan Beach and the Rev. Ramiro Cruz-Aedo of Inner City Parish and the Rev. Edmund Langton of St. Josephs Catholic Church. A reception was held at Inner City Parish American Legion Hall. Mr. and Mrs. Garcia are living at 861 Galapago St. Jerry is employed at the Parish and Becky is continuing her education at West High School.
Need extra copies of the West Side Recorder? Know somebody Who didn't get it? Visit your friendly neighborhood library at Santa Fe and Seventh Ave., or call 266-1445.
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the time to save on financing. Call our Instalment Loan Dept. (744-2911) and set up your new car kitty in advance. That way. you'll save time and money!
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